About Saldanha

Saldanha is situated on the Cape West Coast, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsSaldanha, Cape West Coast

Saldanha is a seaside village that lies in the northern most corner of Saldanha bay - the largest and deepest natural bay in the country.

About 110 km up the Cape West Coast from Cape Town, the picturesque harbour town of Saldanha is essentially motivated by export and the fishing industry, and crayfish, fish, mussels, oysters and seaweed drive the economy. The sheltered harbour here is dominated by the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore project and is home to a Naval training base, the South African Military Academy and a whole fleet of fishing vessels that add a particular character to the bay.

This largely unspoilt part of the world is also home to seagulls, cormorants, Cape gannets, duikers and terns that tend to outnumber humans by about a million to one and eco-tourism is popular.

The first European sea traders arrived in Saldanha about 500 years ago and there is fossilised evidence that man may have been present here as many as 117 000 years ago - the West Coast Fossil park has one of the largest displays of late Tertiary vertebrate fossils in the world.

Saldanha bay and Langebaan lagoon, on the south side of the bay, are very popular amongst the yachting fraternity and game fishing devotees - yellowtail and tuna are easy catches and snoek is available in winter.

There is plenty of fresh sea air in the bay, with its five islands and abundant sea life, and it is a favourite amongst kite surfers and skiers and offers unrivalled fishing, deep sea diving and whale watching opportunities.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Saldanha

Whispering Whale Guest House

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Whispering Whale Guest House

Enjoy the warmth and charm of any one of our 3 luxuriously appointed units with stunning sea views (units sleep 2 or 4 ... more

Villa-Mari Guesthouse and Self Catering

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Villa-Mari Guesthouse and Self Catering

Villa- Mari Guesthouse offers budget accommodation for groups, as well as apartments for higher ranking business ... more

Baviana Beach Lodge

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Baviana Beach Lodge

The comfortably appointed Baviana Beach Lodge enjoys pride of place at the very heart of Jacobsbaai and is an excellent ... more

Reviews of Saldanha

I love Saldanha - it has a great atmosphere, the beach is pretty great and I love the permant holiday vibe about it. Great for a...

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